A revamped version of the stunt reality show Fear Factor will return to the tube this fall, NBC’s Head of Alternative Programming Paul Telegdy said Thursday. The network is bringing back the stomach-turning series that dared contestants to everything from eat bugs to jumping between buildings and wallow with snakes, all in pursuit of a $50,000 prize. The Joe Rogen-hosted hit ran for five years after premiering in 2001.
Telegdy tells Entertainment Weekly that the idea for a revival came to him while he was watching reruns of the original show.
“No-one has come close to doing what they’ve done on that show. You go back and they’ve stood the test of time. It always had this incredible spectacle to it.”
Telegdy hopes the technological developments that have converged on the television industry since Fear Factor left the air in 2006 will make the show even bigger than it was before.
“The stunt and camera technologies have evolved since then; we’re going to be able to make it even bigger. We’re going to make it more visually arresting.”
The network isn’t wasting a moment getting the ball rolling on casting. Reality Blurred reports that the show is already looking for “teams of two,” such as “married couples, siblings, parent/child, best friends, coworkers, teammates, roommates, [and] ex’s” to compete.